Genius Within works with neurodiverse people to help them release their inner genius. Many myths still exist around neurominorities often hindering their capabilities to succeed in the academic and industry setting. Genius Within offers support not just for neurominorities but also to companies and individuals who work with neurodiverse people.

22nd June 2:00-2:30 pm


Aims to provide the basis for understanding neurodiversity and the many different forms it takes.

The models and definition of neurodiversity that exist, to resources and support available.

This half hour workshop explorers the world of neurodiversity and the myths that still exist

along with tips on where to get support.

Neurodiversity Workshop
with Genius Within

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“Yoga & Mindfulness for a more balanced life” workshop by Jenny Suno Wu

22nd June , 2:00-2:30pm

Jenny is a qualified Yoga&Qi Gong teacher who started her mindfulness path in 2010. Having embodied these practices and life principles, she is committed to sharing their immense benefits so everyone can integrate them into everyday life. Her teaching style draws inspiration from Yoga (Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative), meditation and QiGong, a Chinese form of life energy cultivation. Jenny has taught in China, Italy and the UK and currently mentors and assists on yoga teacher trainings in London. She is pursuing a PhD in sustainable tourism policy and is interested in wellbeing and sustainable lifestyles.


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About the workshop
Mindfulness is a journey of inner discovery and re-connection which supports wholistic wellbeing. My yoga classes bring together elements from Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow, eastern philosophies and QiGong (a Chinese form of life energy cultivation that honours balance and harmony with the natural world). 
In this 30minute session you will be guided through a practice of presence and embodiment that helps to (re)balance your energy levels and focus. We will create space in the body and mind through the breath and gentle movements. Most of the practices will be done standing or sitting, so it is advisable to have a yoga mat but not strictly necessary. The workshop is suitable for beginners (modifications will be offered) and those with a curious mind.


Bright Club: Presentation Skills Training Plus

22nd June , 2:00-2:30pm

So, presenting a conference paper was easy, right?
We have an extra challenge for you… Bright Club is where academics and researchers turn their work into stand-up comedy. If you can find the funny side to what you do, why not give this a whirl?
This workshop is a training session to equip you for this challenge, though there is no obligation to perform. You'll be guided through some techniques for shaping and presenting your ideas in an informal and engaging way, as well as some of the practical tips for public speaking. We recommend this for anyone with a story to tell, and who would like to improve their presentation skills and confidence. 
Presented by Ross Kelway (Bright Club co-ordinator and Public Engagement Manager) and Dr Mike Rose (Researcher Development Trainer).


“Managing Stress” workshop by Chris Ward

23rd June 12:00-12:30 pm

Chris Ward is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with 30 years of experience working in various settings, including the University of Surrey, for the past 12 years. He uses the Solution Focused approach in his work, as he finds it to be an effective and enjoyable way to help people unlock their potential and create the future they hope for. He writes an occasional blog:
About the workshop
Holding a postgraduate or early-career research position involves balancing finances, workload, career, lifestyle, and relationships. Sustaining this balance can be stressful, so it is essential to manage stress effectively. 
This half-hour Solution Focused workshop considers how that challenge can be met positively. It will be informal, interactive, and improvisational. No previous knowledge is required, and you do not need to bring anything except an open mind!

22nd June , 2:00-2:30pm

Workshop - The Impostor Syndrome

23rd June 12:00-12:30 pm

Why successful people often feel like frauds

How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being exposed as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say "We need to have a chat".


The session will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and overcommitment.

At the end of this session you will:

know what the latest psychological research tells us about the imposter syndrome is and how it operates

realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds

be aware of evidence-based strategies that reduce imposter feelings

Hugh Kearns

Hugh Kearns is recognised internationally as a public speaker, educator and researcher. He regularly lectures at universities across the world and has recently returned from lecture tours of the UK and the US which included lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford.

His areas of expertise include self-management, positive psychology, work-life balance, learning and creativity. He draws on over twenty five years of experience as a leading training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, North America, New Zealand and Australia. He has coached individuals, teams and executives in a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Hugh lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people and groups. As a co-author with Maria Gardiner, he has published ten books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.


Designing and playing with data

23rd June 12:00-12:30 pm

Data visualisation is the fast-evolving graphic language that is transforming design, data journalism and presentations. Pursuing imaginative and compelling visual language, Valentina Defilippo practice focuses on information design and data visualisation and work takes many forms – from theatre productions and exhibitions to editorial content and interactive platforms.


Explore the world of data visualisation and about charting compelling visual narratives and meaningful user experience.


So join up to see how to make data visualisation work for you.